What format does Dell 4700 use for optical drives?

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AhrenBa

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Hello,
I am looking at purchasing a DVD-burner for my Dell 4700 and I am trying to figure what type of connection it uses. By this I mean IDE, ATA, etc. Does anyone know, is there anyway to find out? Thanks
 

dustyjay

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THere are two basic interfaces for desk top Computers as far as optical drives are concerned. ATAPI (IDE) and SCSI. The Dell you are asking about uses a IDE interface.
 

AhrenBa

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Wow! Thanks for the quick response! Do you have any recommendations on brands/models of DVD-Burners? Thanks
 

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Well there is always the Plextor brand if you have a semi unlimited budget. I have had great results with Lite-on, Digital Research, and Pacific Digital. These are all budget brands mind you, but I have never had one fail to work for me. I would stay away from Lightscribe drives. These are the drives that will burn your label right onto the front of the DVD, but you have to buy special discs at about $1.75 per disc and they have a reported 45 - 50% failure rate on the burned content. Lightscribe is not a brand of drive it is a feature on some drives.

You can pick up a DVD Multi format (- and +) Double layer made by Lite-on for about $59 at Walmart

BTW I live in Canyonville and work at Seven Feathers
 

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I have a Pioneer and a Lite-On dual density DVD, both have worked well here. Either can be had for around $50, and sometimes less.
 
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